Street-Smart Ethics / Edition 1

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Overview

When is business behavior legal but unethical? What should you say if your boss pressures you to do something you know is wrong? What is the line between "puffing" a stock and outright fraud? McLemore (Good Guys Finish First) opens this intelligent, timely ethics book by describing the well-publicized downfalls of famous companies, comparing Enron's corporate sins to WorldCom's peccadilloes. His opening section is a kind of a down-and-dirty primer on business responsibility. He explores the relationship between law and ethics, describes what people can do if they are being pressured to act unethically, and discusses the psychological issues that all those involved-from whistleblowers to brown-nosers-may have regarding ethical violations. The second section uses the biblical Book of Proverbs to offer 50 guidelines on "simple prudence," the foundation of ethical behavior, while the final section employs quizzes and longer case studies to stimulate discussion and reflection. McLemore writes engagingly and discerningly, sprinkling the text with insider knowledge gleaned from nearly two decades of experience in management consulting and organizational psychology. This should be required reading for managerial and professional personnel.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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When is business behavior legal but unethical? What should you say if your boss pressures you to do something you know is wrong? What is the line between "puffing" a stock and outright fraud? McLemore (Good Guys Finish First) opens this intelligent, timely ethics book by describing the well-publicized downfalls of famous companies, comparing Enron's corporate sins to WorldCom's peccadilloes. His opening section is a kind of a down-and-dirty primer on business responsibility. He explores the relationship between law and ethics, describes what people can do if they are being pressured to act unethically, and discusses the psychological issues that all those involved from whistleblowers to brown-nosers may have regarding ethical violations. The second section uses the biblical Book of Proverbs to offer 50 guidelines on "simple prudence," the foundation of ethical behavior, while the final section employs quizzes and longer case studies to stimulate discussion and reflection. McLemore writes engagingly and discerningly, sprinkling the text with insider knowledge gleaned from nearly two decades of experience in management consulting and organizational psychology. This should be required reading for managerial and professional personnel. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664226282
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author


Clinton W. McLemore is an organizational psychologist and President and Founder of Relational Dynamics, Inc.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003

    A Very Helpful Handbook

    Dr. McLemore wrote a wonderful book to help people make good ethical choices in murky situations. This book will interest several types of readers. For those readers who need the occasional reality check, the two page summary on prudent conduct will fit the bill. I recommend business professionals read the summary at least once a week. For professionals wanting a practical course to improve their people skills, McLemore¿s 50 Guidelines with the accompanying Questions for Reflection will not disappoint. For graduate MBA students taking an ethics course, the provided case studies will stimulate lively discussions and challenge the most thoughtful reader. What pleased me most was how McLemore took King Solomon¿s 2,500-year-old Jewish leadership manual (the Book of Proverbs) and weaved it into a practical 21st Century business handbook. In whatever way you read this book, you won¿t regret your investment of time.

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